Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content
PRE-OSCARS DEAL
60% off movie ticketsGet It Now

Article

Our Neighbor, Fred Rogers

Posted on

Our Neighbor, Fred Rogers

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Fred Rogers, Peggy Charren, Johnny Costa
broadcaster:
PBS
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B+

Fred ”Mister” Rogers is a kid-TV institution, and children and adults alike will be entertained by Our Neighbor, Fred Rogers, a behind-the-scenes look at the history of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. David Hartman’s narration is faintly embarrassing (”Fred’s affection flows through his puppets ”), but you can ignore it. Just concentrate on the visuals: black-and-white footage of the earliest version of Neighborhood: The Children’s Corner, in 1954, which oldsters will recognize as owing a lot to Kukla, Fran & Ollie. There’s even a shot of Mister Rogers naked — on the traditional bearskin rug, at 5 months old.

What comes across is Rogers’ seriousness of purpose, his intention to teach and amuse while instilling trust in his youthful audience. B+

Comments